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US: Concerns for American hunger striker in Dubai

Posted: 05/31/2012 - The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi also raised questions about whether Zack Shahin is being singled out for harsh treatment compared with other financial crime suspects in the UAE.

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Nepal Supreme Court judge killed, 2 people wounded

Posted: 05/31/2012 - Motorcycle-riding assailants shot and killed a Supreme Court judge under investigation for allegedly taking bribes as he headed to work in the Nepalese capital Thursday, police said.

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Judges sentence Charles Taylor to 50 years

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment Wednesday for arming and supporting murderous rebels in Sierra Leone in return for "blood diamonds."

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Israel's Barak: Weigh 'unilateral action'

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a high-profile security conference on Wednesday that inaction is not an option and Israel cannot wait forever to reach an accord.

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UN: Civilian deaths drop 36 percent in Afghanistan

Posted: 05/30/2012 - The senior U.N. envoy for the country, Jan Kubis, called the trend promising but cautioned that too many civilians were still being caught up in the violence as insurgents fight Afghan and foreign forces.

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Rio's housing prices spell trouble in paradise

Updated: 05/30/2012 - Rio's property boom is a reversal of fortune for a city that had been in steep decline since 1960, when Brazil moved its capital from the Marvelous City to the red-dirt plateau of Brasilia, and businesses fled.

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Iraq president rebuffs move to unseat premier

Updated: 05/30/2012 - Lawmakers say a broad alliance of political opponents of the Iraqi prime minister has failed to persuade the country's president to take a first step toward unseating the premier.

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Iran: 'Flame' virus fight began with oil attack

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Computer technicians battling to contain a complex virus last month resorted to the ultimate firewall measures — cutting off Internet links to Iran's Oil Ministry, rigs and the hub for nearly all the country's crude exports.

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UK top court backs extradition of WikiLeaks boss

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Britain's Supreme Court has endorsed the extradition of WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange to Sweden, an important turning point in the Internet activist's controversial career.

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Egypt's Islamist candidate disses old regime

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for the Egyptian presidential runoff promised Tuesday he would break sharply with the ways of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak

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Saving Dominican forest and an elusive songbird

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The reserve is taking shape in a lushly overgrown former cattle ranch measuring about 1,000 acres, at the edge of a deep green forest in the Dominican Republic's rugged northeast.

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Malaysian 'WWW1' license plate sells for $165K

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The Road Transport Department said Monday that the most coveted plate, "WWW1," sold for a record 520,000 ringgit ($165,600) to Malaysian royal state leader Sultan Ibrahim Ismail.

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New cyberweapon discovered; Iranian computers hit

Posted: 05/29/2012 - A massive data-slurping cyberweapon is circulating in the Middle East, a Russian Internet security firm reported Monday, saying that computers in Iran appear to have been particularly affected.

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NATO kills senior al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The U.S.-led NATO force in Afghanistan killed al-Qaida's second-highest leader in the country in an airstrike in eastern Kunar province, the coalition said Tuesday.

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Qatar probes mall fire as young victims mourned

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Investigators in Qatar carried out their first extensive probes through a fire-ravaged daycare center and other charred areas inside the country's biggest mall Tuesday after a blaze that killed 19 people.

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Suu Kyi, in Myanmar since 1988, starts world tour

Posted: 05/29/2012 - With the installation of an elected government last year, and her party's own entrance into parliament this year, she can claim at least partial success for her long fight and feel the freedom to explore the world.

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Somali farmers rejoice at end of militant tax

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Since Afgoye's fall over the weekend, dozens of vehicles carrying fresh fruits and vegetables have traveled from Afgoye into the Somali capital.

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